Tigger or Eeyore

I have a tendancy to be a bit like Tigger at times: bouncy, flouncy, full of fun, fun, fun! Positive, upbeat, and loving to be around people.

Then there’s yesterday and today: call it a case of the pastoral Monday blues carried over into Tuesday, I think. Sunday appeared to be a grand day for the Lord’s sake. Solid teaching, uplifting worship, Christ-exalted preaching, spirited Bible study, good fellowship with God’s people. But Monday morning rolled around, a cloud was hovering and a couple of emails seemed to allow that cloud to settle in much more and reading a couple of blog sites brought on the rain and dismal blues. And this morning, Tuesday, after doing further reading, especially related to the Granger Community Church billboard campaign, it is so difficult to have any hope at all for the church of Christ in this country.

Don’t get me wrong. I firmly believe in the Church. I think my convictions regarding the church go way past most people I know, even many EFCA pastors. I am thoroughly convinced of the truth of Matthew 16.18, “…and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (ESV) Christ is the foundation of the church and, as His bride, He is preparing her for that grand celebration, the marriage supper of the Lamb.

However, that does not mean that there will be much of a remnant left in this land. The church is growing strong in other countries, but I see the deplorable condition she is in in the U.S. of A. and I can’t help but think that our lampstand is about to be snuffed out. Thanks be unto God through our Lord Jesus Christ, even the most dire warning to the churches, that made to Laodicea, had a measure of hope left in it: “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3. 19-20, ESV) May He find many yet who truly love Him and not simply the blessings that seem to come with successful marketing gimmicks, profitable gamesmanship, and earthly antics.

If there is any hope to be found for the true remnant of Christ’s people in this land, it will come from those who see and prize the glory of God in the face of Christ with the eye of faith in this life now. Cherishing the glory of Christ only for what it offers in heaven and not loving it (and Him who shines forth this glory) with a white hot passion now bodes ill for one who professes to be a Christian. Do you want heaven because it will offer many things you’ve looked forward to all your life, but not for Christ? Then you’ll most likely never see heaven unless you repent of your fleshly desires and seek Christ. Are you a pastor that holds forth a gospel that offers peace and joy and happiness in this life only? Do you preach a gospel message that seeks to make much of each person, how special they are, how worthy they are of God’s love without preaching the reality of sin and depravity and hell and everlasting conscious punishment enough to evoke a true “fear of God”? Then the gospel is deprived of much of it’s glory for you preach a shallow gospel, nearly devoid of God Himself.

We must learn to see Christ as all-glorious, both now and for our eternal futures. “He is none other than the Son of God made man. He who was in heaven, above all, Lord of all, lived in the world, having no earthly glory or reputation, obliged to obey the whole law of God perfectly. he, to whom all the angels of heaven and all creatures worshipped, fulfilled all the duties which the worship of God required. he who was Lord and master of the house became the lowliest servant in the house, performing all menial duties. He that made all men in whose hand they are all as clay is in the hand of the potter, observed among them the strictest rules of justice, in ginving to everyone his due, and out of love giving good things to the undeserving. This is what makes … Christ so … glorious.” (from The Treasures of John Own for Today’s Readers: The Glory of Christ, abridged and made easy to read by R.J.K. Law, Banner of Truth Trust, page 59.)

Glory to His Name!


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